Violet: Huipil Patterns

Quetzaltenango’s huipil patterns favor floral designs such as the violet design I have created below.  The floral designs ring the neckline of the huipil, and the three woven huipil panels are elaborately embroidered together with a matching floral pattern.  The below pattern mimics the side panels of a violet themed huipil.  This is the first of my Guatemalan inspired textile projects.


  • Printer and paper – to print out the embroidery pattern
  • Heat Transfer pen or pencil – to transfer the embroidery pattern onto fabric (there are various ways to do this; pick your preferred method.)
  • Fabric – I went with a french yellow, 100% cotton fabric.  I am planning on making a pillow out of the final product, and measured and cut my fabric with that in mind.
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Floss – I used the following colors
    • Light Purple
    • Purple
    • Burgundy
    • Light Yellow
    • Goldenrod Yellow
    • Light Green
    • Green
    • Dark Green


  1. Print out the pattern – if for some reason you are not able to save or correctly resize the pattern send me a message, and I will email you the jpeg.quetzaltenango5
  2. Transfer the pattern onto your cloth by outlining it with a heat transfer pen/pencil and ironing it onto your fabric.IMG_9322
  3. Place the fabric in the embroidery hoop.
  4. Embroider using the pattern as your guide.  For this particular pattern I used three different stitches: the satin stitch, the chain stitch, and the back stitch.
    1. Stem and leaves:
      1. I used a dark green chain stitch for the stems.
      2. For the leaves I used a satin stitch with green on one side and light green on the other.
      3. I used a dark green back stitch to create the folds in the leaves.
    2. Flower Petals:
      1. I used an elongated chain stitch and purple colored thread for the two top petals and the bottom petal.
      2. I used a twisted light yellow thread to create the lines in the top two petals.
      3. I used the same enelogated chain stitch for the side petals, only, for these I used the light purple thread, and fill the interior part with a burgundy colored satin stitch.
    3. Flower Center:
      1. I used a simple satin stitch in the golden yellow for the flower’s center.
      2. I alternated between a light and golden yellow satin stitch to finish filling in the bottom petal.






3 Comments Add yours

  1. sanorace says:

    Oh wow, this is so pretty. You make it look so easy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks! I thought it was well worth the needle pricked fingers…


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